The recent COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to stay home.
Isolation can get quite boring and lonely. But, lucky for you, your dog is there to keep you company, and they are probably thrilled that you’re now home all the time.
But how do you continue to keep your furry friend happy while you have to stay cooped up inside? Here are some tips for surviving quarantine with your dog.
Stocking up doesn’t mean buying out the entire grocery store.
However, you should make sure you have enough treats and food for your pet. Keeping enough supplies to last two weeks will help you get by if you find yourself being unable to get to the store.
If you can, consider picking up a few extra items to donate. Animal shelters will appreciate the help during these times.
When you’re stocking up, don’t forget to fill any medications your dog has. You may have trouble getting them later.
Go on walks
Social distancing permits going on walks, as long as you stay 6 feet away from others.
Strap on one of these rolled leather dog collars, and take your furry friend on a stroll through your neighborhood.
Walks give your pup exercise and allow them to burn off some energy. And, they’ll give you both some much-need fresh air!
Can’t go on walks?
If you are sick, you shouldn’t go outside. But your dog still needs fresh air.
Let them out in your backyard to play and explore. Or, see if a friend or neighbor would be willing to walk them.
Play with them
This tip is easy. Playing with your dog won’t just entertain them; it’s a great way to keep you and your family busy!
The possibilities are endless. Throw the ball for them in the backyard. Teach them a new trick. Play tug of war.
Looking for some more creative ideas? A couple of exciting games you can play with your dog include:
Create a scavenger hunt
Put your dog in another room. Hide treats around the house and see how long it takes them to find all of the treats!
Do the cupcake challenge
Grab an old cupcake baking tray (or a new one, as long as you don’t mind washing it). Place treats in a few of the cups.
Then, cover all the cups with tennis balls. Place the tray in front of your dog and let them try to find the treats. You’ll be surprised how entertaining it is to watch!
Remember that alone time isn’t a bad thing
Now that you’re home all the time, you might feel like you have to entertain your dog 24/7.
This 24/7 attention shouldn’t be the case. While you should be attentive to your pup, they don’t mind a little downtime.
Give your dog some space now and then. It will help keep you both sane.
Don’t neglect health problems
Because of the pandemic, many vet offices have closed or switched to limited hours. This shift isn’t too big of a deal. Checkups, teeth cleanings, and other routine procedures can wait.
But what if your dog needs immediate medical attention?
Even during a pandemic, your dog’s health should be a priority. Bring your dog to an emergency animal clinic if you suspect something serious is wrong. Don’t be too fearful of going out that you neglect the well-being of your furry friend.
This opportunity is the perfect time to get in plenty of cuddling time. Cuddling with your dog will help relieve anxiety during these stressful times. So, snuggle up and embrace the quarantine life with your furry friend!